* Unprecedented cross-industry alliance of suppliers and research institutions
* Initiator Polestar plans climate-neutral vehicle across entire value chain
* Vitesco Technologies to develop CO2-free power electronics for the project
* Open networks: Vitesco Technologies shares its expertise in life cycle engineering
Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern powertrain technologies and electric mobility solutions, has joined the Polestar 0 project, an auto industry initiative to create the world’s first completely climate neutral vehicle. As an expert in its field, Vitesco Technologies has been selected as a collaboration partner to develop the power electronics with the target to achieve a zero-carbon emissions inverter for the production vehicle application in 2030.
"Vitesco Technologies with its know-how will be able to make a major contribution to this ambitious goal for moving the industry toward complete carbon-neutrality," explains Andreas Wolf, CEO of Vitesco Technologies: "At the same time, we see the Polestar 0 project as far more than just a milestone on the road to climate neutrality. In our eyes, it is also an exciting pilot project for entirely new forms of collaboration in open networks."
Vitesco Technologies has set the goal of being carbon neutral across its entire value chain by 2040. This means, not least, making all products climate neutral step by step. Vitesco Technologies already has more than eight years of experience in the field of life cycle assessment. The company will share this extensive know-how through the Polestar 0 project.
A wide range of institutions are collaborating together in an unprecedented open network to support this initiative: Research institutes, investors, government organizations and companies – large automotive groups and suppliers as well as small start-ups. Together, they aim to identify and eliminate all climate-damaging factors in the lifecycle without exception: from raw material extraction, material processing and production to transport and product disposal.
“We are delighted to publicly announce Vitesco Technologies as a partner to the Polestar 0 project”, said Hans Pehrson, Head of the project at Polestar, a Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer founded by Volvo Cars AB and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Ltd. “A fully sustainable society requires us to work together in unprecedented ways, and we are joining forces with those who are equally determined to make that vision a reality. Vitesco Technologies, with their extensive electrification experience combined with their commitment to sustainability, is an excellent match for Polestar in this project.”
Vitesco Technologies has several projects already underway in which cross-functional teams are developing appropriate processes, structures, methods, tools and use cases for specific products and components. One example is the Circular Electronics project to achieve complete recyclability of electronic components.
"For the power electronics in the Polestar 0 project alone, we are analyzing around 10 sub-assemblies with more than 1,000 components," explains Mike Brighton, the responsible project manager at Vitesco Technologies. "Furthermore, we are examining the use of natural fibers and biologically produced plastics, to name just one of the many aspects of this research project. We are very confident that Vitesco Technologies will be able to make a significant contribution to the Polestar 0 project and derive a key benefit of this collaboration by enhancing our development and manufacturing capabilities. We will continue to take leading and decisive actions on sustainability within our design, manufacturing, value chain and products."
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